Sentence Of Death From Birth

2nd Corinthians 1:9

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

When I read this verse I knew I wanted to write about it.  It wasn’t clear on my thoughts or how to explain them. I knew this verse meant something to me.

I turned to reading the commentary written about this verse by John Gill.

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death.

By the sentence of death is meant, not any decree of heaven, or appointment of God that they should die; nor any sentence of condemnation and death passed on them by the civil magistrate; but an opinion or persuasion in their own breasts, that they should die; so far were they from any hopes of life, that they looked upon themselves as dead men, as the Egyptians did, when their firstborn were slain, and said, “we be all dead men”, ( Exodus 12:33 ) , and to this extremity they were suffered to be brought by the wise counsel of God, for the following purposes, to learn to lay aside all self-trust and confidence:

But that was to make us rely not on ourselves

in our strength, wisdom, and policy, to make our escape, and preserve our lives; and also to teach and encourage them to trust in God alone, and depend on his arm, on his almighty power:

but on God who raises the dead.

who will raise the dead at the last day, and so is able to deliver persons when they are in the most distressed condition, and in their own opinion as dead men.

Whew, pretty eloquent and pretty long winded.

After I read John Gill’s commentary it solidified my thoughts about this verse.

I think I can sum up what this verse means to me.

It’s not about you.  We are all the same when it comes to mortality and that makes us all equal.  We all have the sentence of death from birth.

What your life is about is your relationship with God, and what you establish prior to that death sentence.

Your life is about finding and using the gifts that God has bestowed upon you, and not wasting those gifts on vanity.

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